Kadyrovites Burn Houses of Chechen Fighters’ Relatives
After the successful operation carried out by the Chechen National Liberation Movement on December 4 in the capital city of Grozny, the pro-Kremlin regime has started to punishment operations.
In the aftermath of last week’s attack on Grozny, head of pro-Kremlin regime in the occupied Chechen territory, Ramzan Kadyrov met with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and hours later he announced that families of terrorists in the republic will be deported and their houses will be razed to the ground.
“I officially declare that the time when parents don’t answer for the actions of their sons or daughters has ended. In Chechnya, they will answer for them! If a father sees that his son has gone down the path of terror and Wahhabism, let him give up his son to authorities or stop the spilling of blood in another way. If a militant in Chechnya murders a policeman or another person, the family of the militant will immediately be deported from Chechnya without the right to return, and their home will be torn down to the ground,” Kadyrov wrote on his Instagram page.
He also said he had met with his ministers, judges and the heads of police departments to put in place “exceptionally strict but fair conditions” that such officials would resign if any people residing in their district took up arms and joined the militants.
Such reflex didn’t come only from Kadyrov; lawmaker Roman Khudyakov has submitted to the Russian State Duma a draft law under which the relatives of people who commit “crimes against security” could be prosecuted. The paper quoted pro-Kremlin Chechen Duma deputy Khozh Magomed Vakhayev, who is first deputy chairman of the Duma’s Committee on Security, as citing the Israeli practice of deporting the relatives of “terrorists.” Vakhayev said that if Kadyrov asks him to draft such a law, he will of course do so as “there is no alternative.”
Days after Ramzan Kadyrov called for the homes of Chechen freedom fighters’ families to be razed to the ground following a large-scale attack on Grozny, unidentified individuals in masks have started to set homes on fire. As of December 10, seven homes had already been torched, however, the exact number of destroyed houses are unknown at the moment.
Local sources have confirmed that on December 6, the first punishment operation was conducted in Gudermes. The target was one of the martyred Chechen fighter’s family. The house of Yunus Gekhayev on the eastern outskirts of Gudermes was set fire by the armed bandits from the pro-Kremlin regime. During their punishment operition, armed Kadyrovites allowed habitants to go out, but they didn’t let them to take any of their belongings.
On December 7, about 02:00am, another punishment operation was carried out by armed Kadyrovites. This time, they went to the village of Engel-Yurt in Gudermes. The armed Kadyrovites burned house down. It is belong to the Chechen fighter Bai-Ali Kasumov’s mother Maiset Kasumova who died about 1 year ago, and none was living in the house. It must be noted that Bai-Ali Kasumov is a Chechen fighter, however, he didn’t participate to the operatipn on December 4 which means the pro-Moscow regime targets relatives of all members of the Chechen National Liberation Movement.
On December 6 and 7, armed Kadyrovites burned 4 other houses in the village of Yandi in the district of Achkoi-Martan. One of these houses is belong to 76 year old Said-Akhmed Baydulayev, father of a Chechen freedom fighter named Beslan. Second burned house is belong to Beslan’s cousin Nashko Baydulayev. Nashko was living in this house with his 3 children; his son Kazbek is martyred on December 4. Another burned house is belong to Marem Shovayeva, born in 1956. She was living in this house with her 3 minor disabled children. Her fourth son Suliman, born in 1993, participated to the Grozny operation on December 4. The last house targeted by Kadyrovites is belong to Zina Taramova. She was living with her 4 children. His son Anzor, born in 1988, participated to the operation in Grozny.
On the other hand, Amnesty International has criticized those reprisals, saying that “punishing the relatives of those suspected of involvement in crimes is a flagrant violation of international law. Nothing can justify acts of collective punishment.”
Some photos from burned houses:
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